Biography of R. P. Orchard
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Orchard, R. P., was born in Bath, Somersetshire, England, June 9, 1811, son of Abram K. and Mary (Cuthbertson) Orchard, he a native of Bath, and she of Neath, near Swansey, England. The father of Abram K. was a bookbinder by trade, and also a minister of the Wesleyan Methodist Church. He died in 1857, aged sixty seven years, and his wife in 1813. Subject was reared in South Wales at Mantyglo. He began work in the iron works and at nineteen years of age took charge of a coal yard. He remained in that work until 1838, when he came to Rochester and engaged in the grocery business twenty eight years, and in 1872 came to Walworth, where he has lived retired. Mr. Orchard was married three times, first to Elizabeth Whitehead in 1844, by whom he had one child, Rowel R, who resides in Washington as a livery manager. His second wife was Charlotte Baker, and his third wife, whom he married December 19, 1884, was Diana Turner, widow of Silas Turner, of Walworth. Mr. Turner died in 1881. Rowel R. married Hannah Everdeen, by whom he had three children: Charles, Libbie and Willie. Mrs. Orchard, wife of subject, first married Harvey Howes, by whom she had five children now living: Roswell F., Harriet A., E. Clarissa, Charles H., and William H., all living in Michigan, except Charles H., who is a Baptist minister of Clyde. Mr. Orchard has made his own property, and was the first man to deliver goods from a store in Rochester.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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